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    Question Reduce space between icons on desktop in Windows 7?

    How can I make the spaces between the desktop icons smaller?? I am using Windows 7 aero theme. I think (not sure) that in Windows Classic theme I could set the spaces between icons on the desktop to be as many pixels as I want.

    I know if I hold the control key down, click any icon and then turn the scroll wheel on the mouse all the icons on the desktop will get larger or smaller and I can freely control how large or small they are. But I can't move them closer together when they are on the grid. The grid keeps them all lined up nice and neat. If I take them off grid, then they look pretty raggedy instead of being in nice straight lines. Which I like. I just don't like the spacing between them.

    Grid is found by right clicking desktop, then clicking View, then clicking or unclicking "align items to grid."

    Can anyone help?

    Kelliann

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    Check out the advanced settings burried in the "Windows Color" section of Personalization:
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    Scroll down to icon spacing vertical/horizontal.

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    I thought that was going to do it but the icons refused to move closer together even though I had taken it off the grid. Then I noticed the print (partially hidden on your image above) that it also says it only works for Windows Basic theme and accessibility themes.

    That was the thing I was talking about that worked in XP and I think in 95 that let you do pretty much what you wanted.

    The Aero themes are really nice looking, I think. It's too bad you can't customize them. I don't see any reason for them to have taken that ability away.

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    It will work if you create your own theme.

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    You could try a program such as Stardock's - Fences. It has some interesting capabilties especially if you have a lot of icons on your desktop. There are both free & pro versions.

    Joe

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